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EC-EACEA Call for Proposals: Support for Policy Reform Civil Society Cooperation in the Field of Youth

The European Commission-EACEA is seeking proposals from eligible organisations for a programme entitled “Support for Policy Reform Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Youth”.

The objective of the present Call is to provide structural support, referred to as operating grants, to European non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) and EU-wide networks active in the field of youth and pursuing the following general aims:

  • Raise stakeholder awareness of the EU Youth Strategy for the period 2019-2027, based on a Commission proposal and expected to be adopted by the year’s end.
  • Develop, promote and support actions to engage, connect and empower youth in the spirit of the EU Youth Strategy.
  • Increase awareness and youth participation in EU actions for young people, including the recently established ones such as European Solidarity Corps and Discover EU.
  • Increase stakeholder commitment and cooperation with public authorities for the implementation of policies in areas relevant for young people.
  • Boost stakeholder participation in the field of youth.
  • Boost stakeholder involvement in the dissemination of policy and programme actions including results and good practices among their membership and beyond.

Budget Information

The total budget allocated in the budget year 2019 for the present Call is EUR 500 000.

Eligible Countries

Only applications from legal entities established in one of the following countries are eligible:

  • EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom;
  • For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, applicants will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of the operating grant agreement.
  • The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries which form part of the European Economic Area (EEA): Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway;
  • Candidate countries for which a pre-accession strategy has been established, in accordance with the general principles and general terms and conditions laid down in the framework agreements concluded with those countries with a view to their participation in EU Programmes: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This Call is open to two categories of bodies:
    • Category 1: European non-governmental organisations (ENGO) in the field of education and training or in the field of youth;
    • Category 2: EU-wide networks in the field of education and training or in the field of youth.
  • An organisation may submit only one application, either for category 1 or for category 2.
  • To be eligible, applicants must be:
    • non-governmental;
    • not-for profit-making
  • Neither Erasmus+ National Agencies nor organisations having overwhelmingly Erasmus+
  • National Agencies as members (2/3 or more) are eligible organisations under this Call.
  • Natural persons are not eligible.
  • Only applications that fulfil the eligibility criteria will be considered for a grant. If an application is deemed ineligible, a letter indicating the reasons will be sent to the applicant.
  • Please refer to the detailed definitions of the two categories of eligible applicants provided under each category.
  • In the context of civil society cooperation in the field of youth, the following definitions apply:
    • Category 1: A European non-governmental organisation (ENGO) must:
      • Operate through a formally recognised structure, composed of a) European body/secretariat (the applicant) legally established for at least one year in a eligible country on the date of submission of the application and b) national organisations/branches in at least twelve eligible countries having a statutory link with the European body/secretariat;
      • Be active in the field of youth and run activities that support the implementation of the fields of action of the EU Youth Strategy;
      • Involve young people in the management and governance of the organisation.
    • Category 2: An EU-wide network (informal network) must:
      • Be composed of legally autonomous non-profit organisations active in the field of youth and running activities that support the implementation of the fields of action of the EU Youth Strategy;
      • Operate through an informal governance setting, composed of a) an organisation legally established for at least one year on the date of submission of the application in a eligible country with functions of coordination of and support to the network at European level (the Applicant); and b) other organisations established in at least twelve eligible countries;
      • Involve young people in the management and governance of the network.
  • In order to justify the links between the different organisations involved in the informal network a memorandum of understanding signed between all organisations involved must be sent.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online via given website.

Deadline: 6 December 2018

For more information, please visit Civil Society Cooperation.